Bankrupting America Releases “Cheap Guide to D.C.”
Comprehensive List of the Best and Cheapest in Food, Drinks, Entertainment and Local Attractions for Inauguration Visitors
Arlington, Va. – In D.C. for the presidential inauguration but working with a tight budget? Bankrupting America’s “Cheap Guide to D.C.” has you covered. From food to bars, entertainment and local attractions, the guide includes the best and cheapest options to explore while you’re out on the town.
“The ‘Cheap Guide to D.C.’ is perfect for inauguration visitors and D.C. newcomers alike who want to avoid overspending while they explore the city,” said Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel. “Our national debt now stands at more than $16 trillion. While the government can’t seem to get spending under control, let’s hope the taxpayers can set a good example for our leaders by working within their own budgets to spend responsibly.”
The Cheap Guide to D.C. is available online at BankruptingAmerica.org. Click here to view.
Earlier this month, Bankrupting America launched a new campaign, “Talk is Cheap, Overspending is Not,” which features ads at the Union Station and Capitol South metro stations in Washington, D.C., as well as a web video. The campaign holds leaders accountable, using their own words, for broken promises to address government overspending.
The Cheap Guide to D.C.
Welcome to Washington, D.C. – where everything is expensive. From the cost of living, to crappy tie-dye tourist shirts, to our bloated government, it’s hard for the thriftily inclined to find a good deal.
That’s where we come in. Being advocates of responsible spending (and Washington, D.C., locals), we decided to put together a list of D.C.’s best AND cheapest options in food, drink, entertainment, and local attractions.
Seeing as DC’s about to be descended upon by thousands of visitors for the inauguration, we revved up this bad boy to be released now so our tourist friends can save money all weekend. However, it also has events and deals that cover all times of year because saving money shouldn’t be a special occasion.
Overspending is bad idea for anyone – individual or government – and we want to help you be as fiscally responsible as you can. After all, Washington needs a role model, and it might as well be you.
Plates, who needs ‘em right? Not you if you’re eating at the no-frills Amsterdam Falafelshop. This Middle Eastern-inspired takeout has an impressive display of ingredients to give you maximum falafel creative control. With food so good, we’d warn you not to spill, but we doubt you’d even entertain the thought.
Ask any D.C. resident what restaurant you should go to, and Ben’s Chili Bowl is guaranteed to be on their list. Is it because they usually have it after a night of bar hopping? Who knows, but Billy Cosby proposed to his wife there, so it has to be good.
According to the owner’s of Taylor Gourmet, the quality of D.C.’s Italian hoagies wasn’t good enough. So they got together and did something about it. Full of creative sandwiches and a hip aesthetic, this restaurant brings a little bit of Philly to D.C. (the good part, though).
If you’re not from one of the coasts and don’t question the freshness of your local seafood, Surfside is for you. Add to that a loud and boisterous environment, and you may find yourself channeling your inner pirate. (Minus the murdering and stealing. So really just being loud and eating sea creatures. Maybe one of you owns a parrot, but that’s stretching it.)
Ever wanted a great hot chocolate with your tacos? You do now, and we know a place that’s known for both. Taqueria Nacional has some of D.C.’s best best tacos, hot chocolate and a whole lot more in quality Mexican food.
Sick of the suits and ties all over town? Levi’s Port Cafe does its best to buck the uptight D.C. stereotype and offers some of the best southern comfort food in the area. Some say the mac and cheese side is worth the trip alone. We’d agree.
8. Eastern Market (Map)
Just like an old-fashioned market, except there’s no disease or street urchins stealing apples. This Saturday and Sunday morning tradition features fresh fruit, produce, spices, the famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes and more. If you’re repulsed by eating out one more time, this is the place to go.
For something you could do for free, it can be awfully expensive to go out dancing, but not at U Street Music Hall. There’s no bottle service, VIP booths or dress code. Just great music, an exceptional sound system, and a low price of admission.
If you’ve always wanted to pretend to be classy, D.C. is the town for you, and Fiola is the bar that lets you do it on the cheap. A very classy establishment that hosts a very inexpensive happy hour. Whether you’re trying to impress clients, friends or a date, this the place to be.
Ladies drink free. Now that we have your attention, we’d like to point you to Lima and their Monday night special. Free salsa lessons, no cover, and from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ladies are treated to an open bar. Gentleman, if you were looking for a sign, this is it.
When the stiff D.C. architecture makes you feel like you wanna read a policy paper, head down to Bohemian Caverns for Fatback, a funk/soul dance party every third Sunday of the month. There you can groove yourself back into a regular human who has feelings and enjoys colors.
Fast. Cold. Cheap. Nothing fancy here.
It’s not big, but its got beer. Simple, Cheap, Fun.
A frugal traveler walks into RiRa on Wednesday night and gets a free comedy show with his beer. Hilarious.
Take the family and participate in an activity that almost guarantees – no, is essentially – pre-gaming a cup of hot cocoa. Warning: Watch out for the congressman; they can’t seem to balance anything, least of all themselves.
D.C.’s filled with fakers – some of them honest about it – and the others would never lie to you. Check out this site to get the cheapest tickets to see the Tony Award-winning D.C. folk who are honest about when they’re lying.
When one goes to D.C., they must not only be up on the latest in politics, but also the cultural world. Feed that post-modern intellect with some of best, yet often-missed, films going ‘round the country. With tickets cheaper than the multiplex, it’s passé not to.
You’d never root against your home team, but how can you not root for America’s teams? After all, D.C. citizens aren’t residents of a state, they’re residents of America. So cheer on the rest of America’s second-favorite teams and don’t spend a lot of money doing it. Be sure check out StubHub.com first – unless you’d rather this be the Unnecessarily Expensive, But Not Any Funner Guide to D.C.
P.S. You can sometimes snag Wizard’s tickets for less than $10. A rare find in pro sports.
It’s a fun time on the water, and you get to set the leisurely pace. One parent for each boat though; otherwise the kids’ll push each other in. Happens all the time.
Want to see epic explosions and spy chases on the national mall? Perfect! Bring a blanket and some snacks every Monday night in the summer. No need to pay anything; it’d be pretty hard to tell you that you can’t watch when you can see the screen from the Washington Memorial.
Again with the culture. Back home you never see concerts like this where people wear suits un-ironically. Now you’ve got no excuses because these concerts are free every Sunday night and it’ll make you feel like you at least did something with your weekend other than sleep and nap.
A theater that will never be known for their great production of “Les Mis,” Ford’s Theatre is home to a fascinating museum about Abraham Lincoln and his role in the Civil War. Tickets are cheap, and the history is rich. Oh, and they do plays too.
It may scream that it was built in the 60′s, but the Kennedy Center’s offerings have kept up with the times. Offering free performances and music on a nightly basis, you can’t help check out this high quality art.
Do you even know someone who doesn’t like to see exotic animals hanging out all day? What!? Feed them to the lions! Don’t worry – admission is free, so you won’t have to pay to take your friend to “see” the big cats.
The final stop on our cultural improvement tour is the National Gallery of Art. It’s impressive because even if you don’t “get” the paintings, you’re still amazed someone could do that. And it’s free.
Dinosaurs. Need we say more?
Not to point out the obvious, but the National Mall is full of museums, memorials and important government offices. Also Congress is there. You could spend a whole day, there so be sure to check it all out before you go.
Spending Daily | December 18, 2012
Bankrupting America Releases “‘Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas”
Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today released “’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas,” a 14-page book that parodies the famous poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a clever take on the fiscal cliff negotiations and how we came to the precipice of fiscal disaster. “‘Twas the Night before Cliff-mas” comes as a friendly reminder that as the holidays approach, so does the fiscal cliff. Click here to read “‘Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas.”
Major Entitlement Reforms Still Missing From Obama’s Latest Offer
The Associated Press reports, “President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels, narrowing differences with House Speaker John Boehner in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Speaking a few hours after Obama and Boehner met at the White House, these people said the president was nowseeking a higher tax rate beginning at incomes over $400,000, up from the levels of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples that were cornerstones of his successful campaign for re-election. Obama’s willingness to reduce future cost-of-living increases in Social Security, government retirement and numerous other programs marked another clear concession to Boehner, although it came with an asterisk. The president wants lower-income recipients to receive protection against any loss from scaling back future cost-of-living increases, these officials said. … Democrats have said they would object much more strongly if the president would to accept a plan to raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. He was ready to embrace that proposal in the earlier round of talks, but he would face opposition from congressional Democrats and the AARP as well as other groups in the current political climate.”
Boehner Moving to “Plan B”
USA Today reports, “With the ‘fiscal cliff’ looming, House Speaker John Boehner will tell fellow GOP lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to move forward with a bill that will raise tax rates for Americans making more the $1 million Plan B does not mean that Boehner has given up on negotiations with the White House, but the speaker believes that the threat of current tax rates expiring rising for all Americans is too great not to have a backup plan, according to a congressional source who was not authorized to speak on the issue.”
“Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise”
The Washington Post reports, “House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end ‘fiscal cliff.’ The offer came Friday, according to people in both parties familiar with the talks, as part of the latest effort by Boehner (R-Ohio) to strike a deal with President Obama to replace more than $500 billion in painful deficit-reduction measures set to take effect in January. With the national debt already bumping up against a $16.4 trillion cap set last year, Congress risks a government default unless it acts to raise the debt ceiling in the next few months.”
“How to cut $100B from the defense budget”
Lawrence Korb, Alex Rothman and Max Hoffman editorialize in Politico, “In order to make a deal to avert the fiscal cliff and put the country on a more sustainable fiscal path, political leaders from both sides of the aisle agree that some cuts to discretionary spending must be part of the package. The defense budget, which accounts for about half of all discretionary spending, should bear a significant percentage of these reductions. … In order to make a deal to avert the fiscal cliff and put the country on a more sustainable fiscal path, political leaders from both sides of the aisle agree that some cuts to discretionary spending must be part of the package. The defense budget, which accounts for about half of all discretionary spending, should bear a significant percentage of these reductions.”
Military Families Worry Over Benefit Cuts
According to U.S. News and World Report, “Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a Washington deal over federal spending cuts could chip away at military benefits long considered untouchable. … Military families and retirees worry any cuts could hurt assistance they depend on, including military health insurance, pensions or on-base services such as child care and commissaries. Military spouse Jeremy Hilton of Burke, Va. calls it ‘fear of the unknown.’”
Small-Business Owners in Michigan: “radical measures are needed to reduce the nation’s debt”
Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., and citizens in the small town of Zeeland, a city within his district, commented on excessive government spending and the prospect of higher taxes in The New York Times: “‘That is the most important caveat in this whole thing: What are we going to do with it?’ Mr. Huizenga said of new revenue. ‘Are we just going to continue to spend it? Or are we going to do something that’s meaningful and changes the way we do business here in Washington, D.C.?’ … ’I’d be willing to pay a little more tax if government is willing to stop spending excessive amounts of unwarranted money,’ said Wally Ryzenga, 71, who lives in nearby Holland and retired from a steel manufacturing business he ran. ‘The thing that really works is working for more efficiency, and that’s what I would be asking our government to do. The same as I did in my business.’” Among [Zeeland small-business owners], there was no unanimity about paying higher taxes — except that ideally they would prefer not to. And they seemed to agree that radical measures are needed to reduce the nation’s debt.”
Video: Focus on Taxes “insane,” No One Wants to be the “grownup in the room” on Spending
CNBC’s Brian Sullivan makes the case that spending and entitlements are the real cause of our fiscal mess. Click here to watch.
“How Big Deficits Became the Norm”
The Wall Street Journal writes, “Big budget deficits haven’t always been with us. From the end of the Eisenhower years through the Carter presidency, the deficit averaged a modest 1.4% of the nation’s economic output. The budget was nearly balanced in seven of the 20 years from 1960 to 1979. And, as Bill Clinton reminds at every opportunity, the U.S. government was in surplus for four years at the end of his presidency. … When the CBO looked back over the decade in January 2012, it counted deficits that summed to nearly $6.2 trillion. It was off by about $12 trillion over 10 years. What happened? How did the U.S. spend more than $1 trillion above what it collected in revenue in each of the past four years…?”
Medicare Means-Testing for Fiscal Cliff Deal?
The Hill reports, “Democrats wary of accepting any entitlement benefits cuts are asking Republicans to show them their plans if they want to make Medicare means-testing a part of a lame-duck fiscal package. GOP leaders have floated the idea of hiking Medicare costs for wealthier beneficiaries – a proposal President Obama has repeatedly backed – as a condition of any deal to prevent a slew of tax hikes and spending cuts from taking hold Jan. 1. But Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the GOP’s point man in the negotiations, has declined to specify the Republicans’ wish-list for entitlement reform – at least publicly. And it’s unclear whether means-testing would be enough to win GOP support for a deal that would also hike tax rates on households with annual family income above $250,000.”
2014 Budget Already Delayed
Politico reports, “The year-end budget impasse is being felt already in 2014. The White House confirmed to POLITICO Sunday that it has deliberately slowed preparations for President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget until it has a better fix on the current talks with Republicans in Congress. The customarylate November pass-backs from the Office of Management and Budget—telling federal agencies what resources they can expect to get in the the president’s request—have been put on hold. ‘Yes. OMB has held off on pass-backs to agencies to determine if adjustments will be needed based on the current negotiations,’ an administration official said after POLITICO asked about the delay.”
Credit-Rating Agencies Eye U.S. Debt Burden
The Wall Street Journal reports, “As far as the U.S. credit-rating firms are concerned, Washington can send the country over the ‘fiscal cliff.’ Holding their fire for now, the firms are keeping a much closer eye on whether another looming debate is resolved—the need to raise the U.S. debt limit by February or March. … Wall Street and Capitol Hill are on edge over lawmakers’ ability to reach a budget deal before year’s end. Recent conversations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) have hinted at a possible breakthrough to avoid the coming spending cuts and tax increases, and both sides are voicing rare optimism about a deal.”
“Foreign holdings of US Debt hit record $5.48T”
The Associated Press reports, “Foreign ownership of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in October, a sign that overseas investors remain confident in U.S. debt despite a potential budget crisis. … Still, the increase of $6 billion was the weakest since total holdings fell in December 2011. China, the largest holder of U.S. government debt, increased its holdings slightly to $1.16 trillion. Japan, the second-largest holder, boosted its holdings by a smaller amount to $1.13 trillion. Brazil, the country with the third-largest holdings, increased its total to $255.2 billion. The new figures show that investors are still seeking the perceived safety of U.S. Treasurys, even as lawmakers and President Barack Obama remain at odds over whether to raise the U.S. borrowing limit as part of a broader budget deal. But economists also said the slowdown in purchases of Treasury securities suggests that investors are more willing to buy other debt, including from European governments.”
Constituents from Waitsburg, Washington speak their minds on our nation’s debt, the public’s perception of Washington, DC, and what Congress should do to get our economy moving again and work together to avert the fiscal cliff.
The Story of Business: The Opportunity to Compete
Arlington, Va. - Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, released its latest video in the “Story of Business” series looking at how burdensome government regulations impact real businesses struggling in today’s economy. The video profiles Jeff Lawrence, owner of Forefront Construction in Middletown, Penn., a commercial HVAC and plumbing company founded in April 2008, just prior to the financial collapse. Lawrence discusses how high taxes and government mandates are making it more difficult for his company to compete and thrive in today’s economy.
“We definitely have been able to stay afloat during this tough time, but there have been some obstacles put in front of us that have made the journey a little bit tougher,” said Lawrence. ”We’re a small business, and cash is king. Anything that could be done to lower taxes would be a help to our business. What the government could do to help get out of my way is to not mandate Project Labor Agreements, which don’t allow us to have a seat at the table because we’re not a union contractor.”
Forefront Construction’s story is one that resonates with small business owners across the country who are also facing higher taxes from Washington and endless bureaucratic red tape. After enduring four years of a struggling economy that hasn’t seemed to rebound, Jeff Lawrence believes many of the regulations and policies coming out of Washington are counterproductive. All he wants is an opportunity to compete.
“An even playing field is so important because it gives me the opportunity to compete. I’m not asking for anybody to give us any work; all I’m just asking for a seat at the table, to have the opportunity to bid the same jobs, to be able to bid the same work, and to be able to do the same work,” Lawrence continued.
Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, issued the following statement on Forefront Construction’s Story of Business:
“Forefront Construction is an American story of what’s possible when entrepreneurs have the opportunity to compete and succeed. The problem in Washington is that too often misguided policies stand in the way. Instead of burdening small business owners with higher taxes and federal mandates, we should be helping businesses by making it easier to take risks and expand. With all the uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, lawmakers should stop and ask themselves whether their policies are going to help or hurt job-creators like Jeff and businesses like Forefront Construction.”
The Now or Never Political Action Committee (NON-PAC) announced today that it will be running broadcast television advertisements opposing Sherrod Brown in the race for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
NON-PAC will enter the Ohio race with a $600,000 broadcast airtime buy in the Cleveland market, likely adding additional markets throughout the Buckeye state in the coming days. NON-PAC’s first television advertisement, entitled “Machine,” highlights Brown’s record as “a tax-hiking, job-killing machine.”
NON-PAC Television Advertisement: “Machine”
VO: Sherrod Brown is a tax hiking, job-killing machine.
Higher gas taxes, higher death taxes, a massive new tax, to pay for Obamacare.
Brown repeatedly voted for higher small business taxes, a new tax on manufacturers,
And admitted he’s open to raising taxes on middle class families… after the election.
Sherrod Brown is a tax hiking, job-killing machine.
But he’s broken. We’re broke. And it’s time for him to go.
VO: Now or Never PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising
The ad begin airing this weekend.
Now or Never PAC announced Thursday that it plans to get involved in four targeted U.S. Senate races in the last 12 days of the election: Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, and Ohio. NON-PAC has previously been involved in three other races this year: Wisconsin U.S. Senate, Illinois Congressional District 8, and in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate in Missouri.
As The Obama Economy Crushes American Family Incomes, It’s Turning Washington, D.C. Into A Boomtown
Census: ‘Household Income Decreased’
- “The income of the typical U.S. family fell or was flat in almost every state last year, with the drop particularly steep in places where the economy has been hit hard by the housing bust.” (“Incomes Fell Or Stagnated In Most States Last Year,” Wall Street Journal, 9/20/12)
- “Real median household income decreased between the 2010 and 2011 ACS in 18 states. These decreases range from 1.1 percent (Ohio) to 6.0 percent (Nevada).” (“Household Income For States: 2010 And 2011,” U.S. Census, P.1, 9/12)
- “The sharpest drop occurred in Nevada, where median income fell by 6%. The median fell by 3.8% in California and by 2.9% in Arizona and Florida.” (“Incomes Fell Or Stagnated In Most States Last Year,” Wall Street Journal, 9/20/12)
‘Washington Region… Looking Even More Affluent’
“Seven of nation’s 10 most affluent counties are in Washington region… an all-time high.”
- “With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list.”
- “Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second.”
- “Arlington County leapfrogged… to third.” “More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income of almost $101,000, a $6,000 gain in one year.”
- “Other counties in the top 10 are Howard, Prince William, Fauquier and Montgomery, which had dropped out of it in 2010.” (“Seven Of Nation’s 10 Most Affluent Counties Are In Washington Region,” The Washington Post, 9/19/12)
“The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country…” (“Seven Of Nation’s 10 Most Affluent Counties Are In Washington Region,” The Washington Post, 9/19/12)
“The rankings in the 2011 American Community Survey released Thursday expand Washington’s dominance among high-income households, reflecting a regional economy that was largely cushioned as the recession yanked down income levels elsewhere. Household incomes rose in most counties around Washington last year, even as they continued to sink around the country.” (“Seven Of Nation’s 10 Most Affluent Counties Are In Washington Region,” The Washington Post, 9/19/12)
No Better Way to Mark the $16 Trillion Debt Than to Indulge in Some Free Cupcakes
Arlington, Va.— Today Bankrupting America will be giving away 500 cupcakes on Capitol Hill to commemorate the special moment our national debt surpassed the sweet $16 trillion mark, an unprecedented sum amounting to more than $50,900 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. The “Cupcake Joy” truck will be located at Union Station from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Federal Center from 1:15-2:00 p.m. handing out free debt-reduction cupcakes.
“Bankrupting America’s goal is to highlight our staggering $16 trillion national debt and urge members of Congress to work together and make debt reduction a priority,” said Public Notice Policy Director Lenwood Brooks. “Washington spending is like a sugar high – it may feel good right now, but it does nothing to create long-term, sustainable growth. Americans are rightfully worried that we’re just digging ourselves deeper into a hole, so why isn’t Washington?”
A recent Public Notice poll conducted by the Tarrance Group found that behind jobs and the economy (37 percent), wasteful government spending and federal deficits (17 percent) are the top issues on voters’ minds heading into the election. Additionally, a strong majority of voters see an impact from the rising federal debt, with a majority (67 percent) saying that the economy has been impacted and 53 percent say they/their own family has been impacted by the debt.
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, America has been in the red for 45 of the last 46 months. The goal of today’s campaign is to underscore that $16 trillion in debt is nothing to celebrate, and if we continue to punt on tough decisions and put off confronting our spending crisis, our nation will be well on its way to a $17 trillion debt in 2013.
Bankrupting America infographic showing how we got to $16 trillion.
…And Fighting for Jobs in NV Rather than D.C.
(Las Vegas, NV) – Washington D.C. labor bosses are attacking Dean Heller because he introduced legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for Nevada’s middle class. The legislation he introduced would extend the benefits for Nevada workers and pay for them by limiting the number of federal workers in Washington D.C. that could be hired to replace workers that left. Now, big labor bosses, threatened by their potential loss of power, are trying to defeat Heller
“Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller for taking an independent stand to protect the middle class workers that big labor bosses are supposed to be representing. They are spending over a million dollars attacking Dean Heller because he demanded that Congress pass policies to help the unemployed in Nevada instead of creating more jobs in Washington D.C.
“The truth is, Shelley Berkley’s support for the Wall Street bailout, the trillion dollar stimulus and ObamaCare has failed Nevada’s middle-class. The seven-term Congresswoman’s aspirations may require help from big labor bosses in Washington D.C., but to campaign on the backs of Nevada’s middle class and unemployed Nevadans is simply unacceptable,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Big labor bosses are targeting Dean Heller because he introduced legislation to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance and limit the amount of federal workers that can be hired. (S. 1931, 112th Congress).
- Dean Heller’s bill implemented a recommendation from the bi-partisan Simpson Bowles Commission to extend the federal pay freeze, which applies to both federal employees and Members of Congress.
- Rather than trying to force anyone of their jobs, this legislation simply reduces the federal government by limiting the numbers of hire to replace a federal worker once they leave. When three federal employees leave, they are only replaced by a single employee until their workforce is 10 percent smaller.
Democrats Push for Jobs in Washington DC While Nearly 164,000 Nevadans are Unemployed:
- Unlike most Americans in the private workforce, federal workers’ wages increase automatically every year. In fact, federal compensation has grown 36.9 percent since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8 percent for private workers. (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)
- Federal workers make $61,998 more than private sector employee compensation, an increase from $30,415 in the year 2000. (“Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts.” USA Today. Retrieved November 29, 2011)
Shelley Berkley’s Policies are Harmful for Nevada’s Middle Class
Berkley has repeatedly voted to raise taxes on job creators even within the last few months.
- On July 27, 2012, Shelley Berkley voted against H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, which would extend tax relief for job creators earning over $250,000 and could cost Nevada 6,000 jobs and more than 900,000 nationwide. (H.R. 8, House Roll Call Vote #545)
- On April 17, 2012 Congresswoman Berkley voted against the Small Business Tax Cut Act. The bill would give a 20% tax cut that will help 22 million hard-working small businesses retain and create more jobs. The legislation would ultimately provide $46 billion in tax relief to small businesses and could affect as many as 45,000 small businesses in Nevada with between 1-500 employees.
Berkley supported ObamaCare, the massive government healthcare takeover known for destroying jobs and small businesses:
- ObamaCare costs 800,000 jobs at a time when Nevada leads the nation in unemployment. (Jeffrey H. Anderson, “CBO Director Says ObamaCare Would Reduce Employment by 800,000 Workers,” The Weekly Standard, 2/10/2011)
- ObamaCare is forcing one in eight small businesses to either terminate their plan or notify employees it is going to be eliminated. (“Some Small Businesses Say Health Insurers Are Dropping Their Coverage, Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2011)
Shelley Berkley has repeatedly voted federal regulations that are stunting job growth in Nevada and across the country.
- On June 19, 2012, Berkley voted against the Grazing Improvement Act, which means she chose to protect federal regulations over Nevada’s family businesses. The Grazing Improvement Act would give grazers greater certainty about their permit renewal. Without this bill, permit holders are forced to rely on year-to-year appropriations bill.
- Berkley voted against the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078), which would put a stop to the government’s ever-increasing burden on businesses and the economy.
Congresswoman Berkley has voted against 20 bipartisan jobs bills.
More than $50,900 for every man, woman and child
Arlington, Va. - The national debt today surpassed an unprecedented $16 trillion, amounting to more than $50,900 of debt for every man, woman and child in the United States. Since 2009, the debt has increased 50 percent, and the U.S. Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than three years. For the first time in history America’s creditworthiness has been downgraded, yet time and again, Washington has refused to make the rational decisions necessary to get our fiscal house in order. Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel released the following statement:
“Today’s sad milestone of a $16 trillion national debt will probably not garner much attention in Washington or the media since we are in the midst of political party conventions. Americans are worried though. The debt and government spending are top concerns for Americans, according to our recent poll, with large majorities seeing the connection between the debt and the health of both the economy and their personal financial well-being. Bankrupting America will continue to hold Washington accountable for its reckless spending as long as Washington refuses to address the problem.”
Arlington, Va.—Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today released a 60-second web video, “Where Washington is Taking Us,” highlighting the results of Washington’s reckless economic and fiscal policies and the true impact on American families, students and small businesses. The video uses stop-motion-animation to present today’s hard economic realities with the underlying message that the American people cannot afford to let Washington continue to take us down a path towards high unemployment, massive debt and a reduced quality of life.
“Washington spent trillions of dollars to improve the economy, but it seems like it’s getting worse; unemployment is still over 8 percent, college tuition is up, gas prices have doubled, we’re borrowing nearly $40,000 every second, and the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than three years,” said Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice. “Promises of more jobs, lower costs and a better quality of life turned into fewer jobs, higher costs and more debt. Americans are tired of the finger-pointing and political games; they want serious solutions, honest leadership and fiscal responsibility. We know where Washington is taking us, and we know we can’t afford it.” Earlier this week, Public Notice released the results of a national survey of likely voters conducted by the Tarrance Group via telephone from August 19-23 showing that jobs and the economy, along with federal spending and debt, topped the list of voter concerns. “Where Washington is Taking Us” is part of Bankrupting America’s ongoing campaign to make debt reduction a major issue among voters and candidates heading into the November elections, which includes 56 debt-reduction themed billboards across 10 states through September 30 urging candidates, members of Congress and the president to address our spending crisis.
Over the past three and a half years, Americans have heard plans, proposals, and promises about how Washington is going to correct the problems in our economy and stimulate growth. Talk of creating jobs, improving quality of life for the middle class, and curbing the cost of entitlement programs has dominated in the news and in government. If we look at the current economic situation we can see that these plans haven’t achieved their intended goals.
In January 2009, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, and over 12 million individuals were unemployed.1 Three and a half years later, that number has increased by 745,000.2 In this same period, there has been a rise in the amount of Americans receiving food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to certain eligible low-income households. Those benefits can then be exchanged for foods at certain authorized retailers.3 Since January 2009, 14.5 million more Americans are collecting food stamps in order to provide for themselves and for their families.4 Many Americans are also facing rising gas costs and a higher college expenses. The cost of tuition at a public, four-year institution has increased 25 percent in less than four years.5 The average gas price has doubled.6
As more Americans face difficult choices in the job market, the federal government’s spending is headed down an unsustainable path. The national debt is quickly approaching $16 trillion, representing nearly $50,700 for every man, woman, and child in the United States.7 As more money is borrowed to finance federal spending, the amount the United States spends on interest payments rises with it. In ten years, interest payments on the debt are projected to more than double. Those payments, along with total spending commitments including autopilot programs like Social Security and Medicare, will consume 80 cents out of every federal dollar taken in by 2022.8
Today, we are facing higher costs and a greater debt burden. Washington needs a plan for responsible spending that works, not one that increases economic uncertainty for working Americans.